Wow. Just as I'm about to post this Ryne Sandberg nugget
about Pete Rose, Murbles posts about Sandberg's mortal enemy's stance on Rose.
Surprise! They agree! They both have a lot of good things to say about a man who damaged the integrity of the game.
One word: RESPECTFORTHEGAME.
Morgan and Sandberg love Rose because he was a hard-nosed, gritty, tough sonofabitch who played the game the right way. About Rose, Sandberg had this to say:Pete Rose was an unreal hitter. He made his mistakes, but his mistakes were off the playing field. Nobody will ever be able to prove that his gambling ever affected an outcome of a game that he played or managed. He realizes his mistake and it would be a shame to not allow him in the Hall. And to talk about "respect for the game" – nobody loved the game more or played the game "the right way" better.
>> A reader had the temerity to ask why Sandberg mentioned Rose in his Hall of Fame speech centered around "respect for the game." Apparently, loving the game (who the hell doesn't love the game? I guess hockey aficionado Keith Foulke?) and playing the game "the right way" (his quotes, not mine) supercede gambling on the outcome of games you're managing
I don't even have a joke about how crazy that is.
I have, however, assembled the following helpful chart:THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE/THINGS RESPECT THE GAME AND PLAY SAID GAME THE RIGHT WAY:
Pete Rose (and Presumably, All People Who Have Gambled on the Game)
David Eckstein/Scott Podsednik/Any Small or Fast Player
Any Member of Any Championship Team Ever
Anyone Who Knows How to Win
Anyone Who Played Before 1975
Not Trying to Do Too Much With It
VeteransTHE FOLLOWING PEOPLE/THINGS DO NOT RESPECT THE GAME, PLUS THEY PLAY SAID GAME IN A WEIRD, INCORRECT WAY:
Steroid Users (Evil)
The Oakland Athletics
Trying to Do Too Much With It
Large Men Who Clog Up the Basepaths
Anyone Who Uses Numbers to Make Baseball Arguments
Striking Out Too Much
VORP, WARP, Win Shares, UZR
Feel free to contribute to these lists. I've missed many, many items.
Labels: pete rose, ryne sandberg